Minnesota fifth grader Tyler Sullivan, who skipped class Friday to meet President Obama at a Honeywell factory near Minneapolis, spoke with CNN’s Zoraida Sambolin on Monday’s Early Start, discussing how he’d come to receive a written excuse from the POTUS himself.
“The reason you were there was because your dad was actually introducing the President. How was he picked to do that? Do you know?” asked Sambolin.
“He is a really hard worker, and he was in the Navy,” said Sullivan.
“While you were sitting there in the front and after the President had spoken, he actually — did he come up to you and offer something to you?” Sambolin asked. “How did you make that meeting?”
‘Yeah, he came up and he asked me if he wanted an excuse note since I was missing school Friday,” the 11-year-old explained. “I was, like, uh — I was so shocked, I didn’t say anything.”
Sullivan shared that Obama had “asked a person for presidential paper or a note, paper and pencil, and he got — he got the paper and pencil. Then he started writing. I felt really shocked and I just had a huge grin on my face.”
“Are you thinking you’re actually going to give this to your teacher?” she asked.
“No. I was, like, really?” shared Sullivan. “He’s writing me an excuse note? That’s really crazy!”
“You know, it couldn’t have happened to a better student,” said Sullivan’s teacher, Terry Ackerman. “Tyler’s fantastic, gets his stuff done, very helpful in class, very respectful. Just couldn’t have happened to a better person. Just fantastic.”
Watch Sullivan describe President Obama writing him an excuse below via CNN:
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